Google Looks to Rival the Apple TV with the ‘Nexus Q’ Media Player

Today at the kickoff of Google I/O 2012, the company announced a new streaming media player device called the Nexus Q. The sphere-looking device costs $299 (it isn’t available in Canada yet), has 16GB of storage, a dual core processor, runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and essentially will allow streaming of music, movies and other content right to your TV.

Nexus Q streams your favorite entertainment directly from the cloud to your living room. Just use the Google Play and YouTube apps on your Android phone or tablet to surf an ocean of music, TV, movies and music, and Nexus Q will play it all on the biggest speakers and screen in the house. There are no downloads, no syncing, no running out of space. Just the stuff you love — at home and out loud.

Check out the demo video below:

There are 32 LED rings that surround the Nexus Q; they change colour in time to your music. What’s also cool about this is it allows your friends to stream their music via a ‘guest mode’.

It sounds promising but the only thing against it is the $299 price point. For that price, others might consider an XBOX or PS3, or even a few Apple TV units around the house. What do you think?

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  • flabeo

    As a fan of Google I can’t help but think Google could have done a much better job with this if they really tried. Even if it did what a 3rd party GoogleTV could do. Huge potential and a huge price tag. But I don’t think it’ll cut it for most folks.

  • cyruskafaiwu

    Hey! The price is high but guess what? It’s made 100% in the United States, no chinese factories.

  • MiguelSmithson9805

    does that really matter? people want quality products at a good price. and the price is too far out of range to be a legimate competitor.

  • cyruskafaiwu

    Some want to support their local economy thats falling apart.

  • MiguelSmithson9805

    Not saying that’s not a good thing, but you’re in the <10% who would do that then. That's not a sustainable business model, it'll force them to produce overseas, and the cycle continues…

  • djepsilon

    What’s the diff between this and googletv? Did googleTV not do most of this stuff before?

  • djepsilon

    Hmmm… I think you’ve forgotten that this is a Canadian blog.

  • cyruskafaiwu

    Google TV didn’t do so well, I guess. There is no tv interface at all. It can only be controlled by Android devices.

  • einsteinbqat

    I’m pretty sure that it is assembled and *not* manufactured in the USA.


    Well…I think the price of this product is a little high. I like the feature that
    allows guest to add songs to the queue via their own phone, but the
    price of entry is too high for my blood.